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Feb 6, 2011 3:00pm PST
rice did not do a good job, that colin powell was not as assertive as he might have been. >> how can you blame colin powell for not being assertive enough when you just take them in the proverbial groin and nature he could not walk? -- and made sure he cannot walk? >> i am a big fan of colin powell, but i think historians will go back and see a period where they wished that colin powell had been more assertive about going -- >> he says that president bush asked for plants differ going to war with iraq to two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, even aware of the invasion of afghanistan, which is where osama bin laden was. >> why wouldn't you? of course you would bid two weeks after 9/11, you would want a plan for all of our enemies in case of the contingencies. there was not an alliance between al qaeda and iraq, but he wanted to have a contingency if there were. i don't think you attack the administration for having acted in to see plan -- for having a contingency plans to trade at that point there was a pretty wide national consensus in favor of it. it was not one man who took america int
WETA
Feb 5, 2011 6:00pm EST
job, that colin powell was not as assertive as he might have been. >> how can you blame colin powell for not being assertive enough when you just kicked him in the proverbial groin? >> did he go before the united nations and hold up that old thing? it >> i am a big fan of colin powell but i think historians will look back and see a period where they wish colin powell had been more assertive about going -- >> he says president bush asked for plan on going to war with iraq just two weeks after the 9/11 attack, even before the invasion of afghanistan. >> why wouldn't you ask for a plan? of course you would. two weeks after 9/11, as you would want a plan for all of our enemies as a contingency. there was not an alliance between al qaeda and iraq, but you did not know that at the beginning and he wanted a contingency if there were. you do not attack and administration over having a contingency plans secret i would argue that it was pretty wide national consensus in favor of it. it was not one man who took america into war -- >> ooh -- >> it passed the congress. >> every presidentia
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 3:00am EST
intelligence gathering knows that it can be wrong. colin powell has been around longer than anybody in terms of -- >> he said he was devastated. >> of course he was, everyone was. but my lord, he's the guy that had more experience than anyone else. he worked hard with george tenet, with condie rise, he went to the un, and he wasn't lying. the idea that he was lying or duped is nonsense. >> joining me now, the chief of staff under secretary of state colin powell, retired u states colonel. >> thanks for having me. >> let's listen to something else he said in that interview. >> he did not in my view do a good job of managing the people under him, there was a lot of leaking out of the state department and the president do it and it was not helpful. most of that ended up making the state department look good. >> sounds like he was talking about you and many others in the state department, blaming you for leaks, blaming colin powell for not managing his department. >> we were doing the same about him. i remember walking into rich arm tank's office and him characterizing that group as a gr
MSNBC
Feb 22, 2011 1:00pm EST
iran-iraq war. you used the word, trumped up. there was nothing trumped up colin powell believed every word he said. the president believed every word he said. other governments. those in congress who looked at the intelligence believed it and democrats and republicans alike. you've read their statements. >> one of the key factors was this source curveball. >> how do you know? >> from all the reports from the writing, the point was without curveball, colin powell said without being told this man -- single source, that he would not have made the speech he made to the united nations. >> that's fair. the intelligence people, these are honorable people -- >> and all the eem in the pentagon in your office of special plans. >> they had nothing to do with it. they were not intelligence gathers. they did not have anything to do with curveball at all. it would be a mistake to connect them. the people, the intelligence community gathered information from all kind of pele. one of hundreds i'm sure. >> you actually created for the first time a special unit, this office of special plans. it has bee
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2011 9:00pm EST
you're father did. >> guest: talk about colin powell. colin powell, you don't kick colin how will out of the party. you say why in the world did you vote for barack obama? what was it that need you vote for barack obama because something must have had to push in that direction. i mean, the fact is he was used. if you reduced like he was used in from of the united nations to get a war going, you would be a little ticked off. you wouldn't be saying i'm going to that operation. i would say why, what do we do to change to make sure you're in the tent? and make the point in the book, and my dad never, ever, ever got involved the primary people are not going to like you. but i thought to myself he loves colin paul and colin powell loved him. i said my father was ever, ever going to endorse in a primary for somebody to run for president, the only man i know that he ever would have endorsed for the presidency would have been colin powell. >> host: yet when colin powell thought about running he came under fire from the right. >> guest: absolutely because he didn't draw the lines. he wasn't
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2011 10:00pm EST
about colin powell. you don't kicks colin powell out of the party. you say when the world did you vote for barack obama? what was it that make you vote for barack obama? something must have bush do in that direction. i mean the fact is if you were used like he was used in front of the united nations to get a war going you would a little tip off. you wouldn't be saying i am beholden to that operation. i would say why? what can we do to change, to make sure you are in the tent and i made the point in the book. my dad never ever ever got involved in a primary. he believed to get involved in it primary 50% of the people aren't going to like you but i thought to myself he would love colin powell and colin powell of tim. i said my father was ever going to endorse a primary for someone to run for president the only man i know that he would have endorsed for the presidency would have been colin powell. >> host: yet when colin powell thought about running he came under fire from the right. >> guest: he did didn't did and told alliance. he didn't call the lines. but what happens is sometime
ABC
Feb 7, 2011 11:35pm PST
. anyone who has been around intelligence gathering knows that it can be wrong. i mean colin powell has been around for longer than anybody. >> he said he was devastated. >> of course, he was. everyone was but, my lord, he's the guy who had more experience than anyone else. he worked hard with george tenet, condi rice. he prepared his speech. went up to the u.n. made his case. he wasn't lying. the idea that he was lying or duped is nonsense. he believed it. our military believed it. our military got chemical weapon suits on to protect them. >> reporter: but you were wrong. >> my goodness, the intelligence was certainly wrong. >> reporter: if you had known he did not have them. >> i didn't know. >> reporter: if you had -- >> i didn't. >> reporter: if you had -- >> i have no idea. i have no idea. what you know today can help you on things you're thinking about tomorrow. it can't you with things you were thinking about back then. back then there was reasonable confidence that he had these weapons. i also will say that if president bush and i both pressed to have him leave the country at th
ABC
Feb 7, 2011 11:35pm EST
felt strongly whether they should or shouldn't. >> reporter: you say at one point. >> -- colin powell was against it but i never saw the hint of it. >> saddam hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction. >> reporter: you believed absolutely categorically saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction? >> i don't do a lot of things categorically. anyone who has been around intelligence gathering knows that it can be wrong. i mean colin powell has been around for longer than anybody. >> he said he was devastated. >> of course, he was. everyone was but, my lord, he's the guy who had more experience than anyone else. he worked hard with george tenet, condi rice. he prepared his speech. went up to the u.n. made his case. he wasn't lying. the idea that he was lying or duped is nonsense. he believed it. our military believed it. our military got chemical weapon suits on to protect them. >> reporter: but you were wrong. >> my goodness, the intelligence was certainly wrong. >> reporter: if you had known he did not have them. >> i didn't know. >>
ABC
Feb 7, 2011 11:35pm EST
colin powell. >> he did not in my view do a good job of managing the people under him and there was a lot of leaking out of the state department and the president knew it, and it was unhelpful. >> reporter: not long after the invasion, iraq began to unravel. casualties are mounting and rumsfeld's critics say his ferocious position in favor of a lean, pared down fighting force suppressed debate about sending in more troops. you write in the book "in retrospect there may have been times more troops could have been useful." >> it's possible. >> reporter: were you too very to react. >> oh, maybe. i don't know. >> reporter: do you revisit that? did you say did that cost lives? >> well, you know, in a war, many things cost lives. >> reporter: but already lessons to be learned. >> sure. there will be all kinds of people to learn the lessons of afghanistan, iraq, the war on terror. >> reporter: everybody is so eager to know what is the lesson you learned about you? >> oh, my goodness, i don't really think that way. i wasn't worried about me. i was worried about the country. >> reporter: but r
FOX News
Feb 8, 2011 9:00pm EST
words for colin powell, john mccain, condoleeza rice. >> john mccain wind in the administration. >> sean: why done we start with colin powell. you tell the story about the andy card coming to you and saying there's a war being fought between the state department and the department of defense. >> colin powell is a friend. he's a talented man. a complex man. and i did feel that some of the people under him were not managed well. and they spent a good deal of time damaging the defense department. and that was not helpful to the administration. he in his work at the department of state, it was a collegial relationship. those institutions are different. there was a difference between schultz and weinberger and that administration. that's not anything new. it is fine to have differences of view. >> sean: you were telling a story that the state department always looked good in these reports. >> leaks were favorable to the state department not the defense department. >> sean: you said there can't be a war teen the two departments if i'm not fighting it. >> president call up and said i know what
FOX News
Feb 14, 2011 12:00am EST
colin powell, john mccain, condoleeza rice. >> john mccain wind in the administration. >> sean: why done we start with colin powell. you tell the story about the andy card coming to you and saying there's a war being fought between the state department and the department of defense. >> colin powell is a friend. he's a talented man. a complex man. and i did feel that some of the people under him were not managed well. and they spent a good deal of time damaging the defense department. and that was not helpful to the administration. he in his work at the department of state, it was a collegial relationship. those institutions are different. there was a difference between schultz and weinberger and that administration. that's not anything new. it is fine to have differences of view. >> sean: you were telling a story that the state department always looked good in these reports. >> leaks were favorable to the state department not the defense department. >> sean: you said there can't be a war teen the two departments if i'm not fighting it. >> president call up and said i know what is go
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 6:00pm EST
informant who claimed saddam had wmds is bragging he made it all up. colin powell feels lied to. but there were doubts about this guy from the start. powell's former chief of staff is on the show tonight, and he gives us his insider's perspective. now, good evening. welcome to the show. i am cenk uyger. we've got demonstrations and protesters and they're rocking another capital in the world today. this time it's right here in america, in madison, wisconsin. protesters flooded the capital building in madison today protesting the republican governor scott wapner's efforts for a bill to stop collective bargaining rights for the works. -- workers. even democratic state senators joined the protests. all 14 of them physically left the state, which meant there weren't enough lawmakers capital to hold the planned vote on the controversial bill. that's a unique way of fighting it. now let me explain what they're fighting about. governor walker says there will be after $3 billion deficit. his solution is to cut state workers' benefits by $300 million. pause and do the math there. that doesn't add up
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2011 11:00pm EST
. >> guest: talking but colin powell, you don't keep colin powell on the party. you say why in the world would you vote for barack obama? what was it that need to vote for barack obama? something must have pushed to in that direction. the fact that he was used if you were used like he was used from the united nations to get a war going to would be a little ticked off you wouldn't say i'm holding on to that operation. i would say why, what can we do, what can we do to change to make sure and i make the point in the book my dad never, ever got involved he believed you get involved in the primary 50% are not going to like you. but i thought to myself he left colin powell and colin powell loved him and said my father was never, ever going to endorse the primary for somebody to run for president, the only man i know that he ever would have endorsed for the presidency would have been called powell. >> host: yet when he thought about running he came under fire. >> guest: he didn't draw the lines. he wasn't pro-life, but when you look what happens sometimes we don't look at the depth of the pers
ABC
Feb 7, 2011 6:30pm EST
whether he should or shouldn't. >> reporter: you say it at one point -- >> colin powell was against it but i never even saw the slightest hint of. >> saddam hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more represent weapons of mass destruction. >> reporter: you believed absolutely categorically saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction? >> i don't do a lot of things categorically. anyone who has been around intelligence gathering know it can be wrong. colin powell has been around longer than anybody. >> reporter: he said he was devastated. >> of course he was. everyone was but he's the guy who had more experience than anyone else. he worked with george tenet, condi rice, prepared his speech, went up to the u.n. he made his case and he wasn't lying. the idea that he was lying or duped is nonsense. he believed it. our military believed it. our military got chemical weapon suits on to protect them. hillary clinton, john kerry, the french intelligence, the british intelligence, the german intelligence, it was uniform across the board that it was reasonable to assume
WETA
Feb 13, 2011 9:00am EST
within the family. you have a number of people in the same family taking jobs. colin powell told me a story about how he was in the white house and he felt that so many of the african american staff were african-americans, he felt it looked like a plantation, or a pre-civil rights area operation. he tried to educate to change this, and they said "no, these are the best jobs we can have. do not do this. back off." >> hi 1 -- i the one in new york, who said it was not only the only job, it was a good job. i said how can you do that? he said if he spent time, walking on solid ground it is no purpose -- no pain at all. it was a decent job compared with what was available. >> somewhat, the middle class. they were doing better. they were able to send their children to college. >> and, you got the occasional good tip that changed your life. >> the other thing i wanted to mention was one thing that struck me was how trusted the african-american staff has been through our history at the white house, even though the president for not treating people fairly. african-americans in the white house
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 5:30am EST
colin powell's fault. rumsfeld acknowledged intelligence on wmds was, indeed, wrong. >> you believe absolutely, categorically, saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction? >> i don't do a lot of things categorically. anyone that's been around intelligence-gathering knows it can be wrong. colin powell's been around for longer than anybody -- >> he said he was devastated. >> of course he was. everyone was. it was uniform across the board that it was reasonable to assume that he had chemical and biological weapons. >> but you were wrong. >> my goodness. the intelligence was certainly wrong. >> intelligence was wrong. however, rumsfeld refused to say had he acted differently given what he knows now about saddam's alleged weapons? we'll have more to say about this at top of the hour. >>> gabrielle giffords's husband mark kelley is back training for hi mission. yesterday they practiced launches and landing in a motion simulator. he had been on personal leave since january 8th to care for his wife, who was critically wounded in the tucson shootings new on friday he told reporters he exp
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
pictures of how he handled the war. but at the same time, throwing condoleezza rice and colin powell under the bus. he spoke about it with abc's diane sawyer. >> rumsfeld lays the blame on too many hands on the steering wheel. no coordinated plan. first, the president's right-hand adviser in the white house -- condoleezza rice -- >> she never served in a senior administration position. she had been an academic. and a lot of academics like to have meetings. every time a big issue got before the president, he was perfectly willing to make a decision. >> and secretary powell? >> he did not, in my view do a good job of managing the people under him and there was a lot of leaking out of the state department. and the president knew it. and it was unhelpful. >> nbc's jim miklaszewski joins us from the pentagon. is there new revelations in this book that make it seem like maybe some of these administration officials should be called into question? >> well, there's no question that many mistakes were being made, particularly in the execution and the march-up to the iraq war itself. after all, that'
FOX News
Feb 8, 2011 6:00pm EST
with then secretary of state colin powell's appearance at the united nations, laying out the case for war. it did not happen. but the facility was struck in the opening days of the conflict. rumsfeld wrote that the site was operated by terrorist group ansar al islam, and if it wasn't hit before the war, it would be abandoned no chemical weapons were found there. rumsfeld will be the only guest tonight on sean hannity's program at 9:00 eastern. one thing they will discuss, information that secretary powell was given. >> he felt he told me since that some people in the intelligence community under that one piece of -- understood that one piece of information he was given was a single source of information. he felt he didn't know that when he gave it. here is an honorable man. he worked hard on that speech. then for people to say bush lied and colin powell lied and condoleezza rice lied or cheney ryeed or rumsfeld lied, it's just not true. he believed every word he gave in that speech. >> bret: we will talk about president obama's plan to help states with their budget problems the fox al
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 2:00am EST
able to double-team colin powell and neutralized him. here's an interview i did with donald rumsfeld back in 2004. it's bizarre. did you advise the president to go war? >> he did not ask me is the question. to my knowledge there are any number of people he did not ask. >> did that surprise as secretary of defense? >> thought it was interesting. >> what do you make that? we have a chain of a command. we have cabinet system, the president operates through the cabinet, you know, the football of course where we go to work, the president has to operate through the secretary of defense. we have protocols. here the secretary of defense that launched the war was never asked by the about do you think we should do it. do you think that's the kind of conversation, there would have bean moment what do you think, don? never. >> you would think that. it sounds strange bush never did. rumsfeld talks about this in his book. he said he was surprised that the president didn't ask him but then again the president rumsfeld said probably didn't need to because he knew what rumsfeld's answer would be. >>
KOFY
Feb 7, 2011 9:00pm PST
that he should or shouldn't. colin powell was again it but i never saw that. >>reporter: sadz and had regime are concealing their effort to produce more weapons of mass destruction. >> you believe absolutely about categorically that sadz had weapons of mass destruction. >> i don't do a lot of things categorically. anyone who has been around intelligence gathering knows it can be wron wrong. colin powell has been around for longer than anybody in terms of. >>reporter: he said he was devastated. >> of course he was. everyone was. but my lord he's the guy who had more person than anyone else. he worked hard with george and rice and prepared his speech. went up to the un. he made his case. he wasn't lying. the idea that he was lying or duped is nonsense. he believed it. our military believed it. our military got chemical weapons total protect them. hillary clinton. john kerry. french intelligence. british intelligence. german intelligence. it was uniform across the board that it was reason to assume that he had chemical and biological weapon weapons. >> you were wrong my goodness the inte
ABC
Feb 8, 2011 4:00am EST
wrong. colin powell -- >> reporter: he was devastated. >> of course, he was. he had more experience than anybody else. he worked hard with george tenet. with condi rice. he went up to the u.n. he made his case. and he wasn't lying. the idea he was lying or duped is nonsense. hillary clinton, john kerry, the french intelligence, the british intelligence, the german intelligence. it was uniform, across the board, that it was reasonable to assume that he had chemical and biological weapons. >> reporter: in his book, rumsfeld lays the blame on too many hands on the steering wheel. no coordinated plan. first, the president's right-hand adviser in the white house, condoleezza rice -- >> she had never served in a senior administration position. she had been an academic. and, you know, a lot of academics like to have meetings. every time, a big issue got before the president, he was perfectly willing to make a decision. >> reporter: and secretary powell? >> he did not do a good job of managing the people under him. it was unhelpful. >> reporter: robert mcnamara said we were wrong. >> that's
WHUT
Feb 8, 2011 7:00am EST
other key players like colin powell and almost confidence his or her boss president bush who says in his book that cutting troop numbers too quickly was the biggest mistake. >> interesting. i don't have enough confidence to say that is right. i think it is possible. it is hard to know pitino, the path you didn't take is always knew there. >> no mention of the tens of thousands of iraqis who died. but the world, he says, is a better place without saddam hussein. four years after the limelight, the most controversial u.s. defense secretary since the vietnam war has lost none of his bite. this was donald rumsfeld saying -- he has no regrets. except for what think. -- except for one thing. not leaving office immediately after the uncovering of the prisoner abuse scandal. bbc news, washington. member of this is "gmt" from bbc world news. our main stories. chechen rebel leader doku umarov said he ordered the suicide bombings at the airport in moscow last month in which 36 people were killed. egyptian president hosni would bark sets up a timetable for the transfer of power. in a moment, as scie
FOX
Feb 27, 2011 5:30am PST
ready to nominate a black person? >> they wanted to put up colin powell. he said no and that was ten years before barack obama. i think so. >> the good news -- >> the way to nominate one. not have one run. >> they will nominate one, won't be because they're black, it's because they're the best candidate and have the right values that the republican platform's -- >> michael steele, purely because he had the best possibility to be a leader or because he were black. >> if president obama was not in the white house michael steele would not be chairman. >> he's a good true -- >> michael steele was more than just being a black man running the rnc. michael steele had at that time he had the media presence at the rnc chairs didn't, he was able to touch the young voters and young people in the republican party. >> he started the hip-hop republican movement. >> but he mentioned it. he had no problem dealing with the tea party. >> the republican party should appeal to the hip-hop generation. >> he's been able to talk to folks in a diverse way the republican party had not been able to do previou
PBS
Feb 27, 2011 8:30pm PST
that my countrymen should be slaves." (revolutionary war veteran samuel harris) hello, i'm colin powell, and i was an american soldier for 35 years. i was a black american soldier, and i followed in a long tradition of black men and women who have served this nation since long before our revolutionary war. [canon fires] for so many years, they served their nation without their nation ever serving them. they served because they believe in this nation, they believe in the promise of our democracy. they believe in what the declaration of independence and the constitution said. but for so many years they were denied the rights and the privileges that other americans enjoyed. their story isn't well-known. their story was suppressed. historians did not write about it well enough. but there's a wonderful story. it is a story of a group of americans who never lost their love of this country, never lost their faith in what the founding fathers had promised. and that's why this story is simply called for love of liberty. ♪ the minstrel boy to the war has gone ♪ ♪ in the ranks of deat
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2011 5:00am EST
something else that ought to be said here. colin powell said it on "meet the press" eloquently the week before the election. barack obama's not a muslim. he's been a christian all his life. what if he was a muslim? i mean, are we going to start applying these religious tests in american public life? that's had john kennedy fought against. >> okay. and it also is -- i want to go back to josh. it is part this crazed way of looking at the situation in egypt. it's all conflation. keep it confused. keep it confused. islams are out -- a billion of people around the world, they're not all out to get us. if you start getting into that world you have done exactly what al qaeda, that small group, wants us to get -- totally focused on them representing a billion people. then we're really finished. >> yeah. that would be very ill advised. i think the key is here is that, you know, when people say in 2011, when people say someone's a muslim, it's not what it meant 20 years ago. means he's one of those people that got us on 9/11. >> everybody likes to play innocent. we are not innocent. the united st
MSNBC
Feb 13, 2011 7:00am EST
. something else that ought to be said here and colin powell said it. what if he was a muslim? are we going to start applying these kind of religious tests? that's what john f. kennedy fought against. >> i want to go back to josh. it is part of this crazed way of looking at the situation egypt. it's all conflation. just like if somebody hits us from somewhere, we go hit iraq. keep it confused. keep it confused. islams are out. there's billions around. if you start getting into that world, you have done exactly what al qaeda, that small group wants us to get. get toately focused on them representing a billion people. then we're really finished. >> yeah. that would be very ill-advised. i think the key is here, you know, when people say in 2001 is 1 when people say someone's a muslim, it's not what it would have meant 20 years ago. he's one of those people that got us on 911. >> everybody likes to play innocent. when the united states has to make deals with people around the world, sometimes we might for oil, sometimes we do it to help our friend over. there we make all kinds of deals. sometim
ABC
Feb 8, 2011 5:30pm EST
unknown" hits stores today. he dishes on colleagues from condoleezza rice to colin powell to george bush. weighing their performances and giving a lot of details. rumsfeld also named his biggest regret in his time in office. >>> now to a developing story tonight. two texas high school students are the latest victims of raging gang violence along the u.s./mexican border. the teens along with a third boy were gunned down while shopping for used cars. police say more than 60 bullet casings were found at the scene. the boys, both u.s. citizens lived in ciudad juarez and made a daily commute to go to a catholic school just over the border in el paso. it's a commute best made before dark where it's seen more than 3,000 people killed by feuding drug gangs. >>> facebook founder mark zuckerberg says he's scared for his safety. according to tmz he got a restraining order against a alleged stalker. according to several reports the man has attempted to contact zuckerberg to ask for money for his financially cash-strapped family. in one facebook message he wrote "please help me." according to reports
PBS
Feb 8, 2011 5:00am EST
meetings. >> he swipes at others like colin powell and almost contradicts his former boss president bush, who said in his book cutting troop numbers too quickly was the biggest mistake. >> interesting. i don't have enough confidence to say that is right. i think that it is possible. it is hard to know. the path didn't take is always smoother. >> no mention of the tens of thousands of iraqis who died but the world, he says, is a better place without saddam. four years after the limelight the ms. controversial u.s. defense secretary since the vietnam war has lost none of his bite. this was donald rumsfeld saying he has no regrets except one thing. not leaving office immediately of the uncovering of the abuse scandal at abu ghraib. >> just time to bring you some soft and fluffy. pictures released of a giant panda five months old just started to venture out of his maternity den. he was born last august without artificial insemination. that is rare for pandas in captivity. his parents were transferred from china on loan to austria for 10 years and they must be delighted. more on the webs
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 9:00am EST
colin powell and condi rice hurt the war effort. he talked about it with diane sor sawyer. >> reporter: no coordinated plan. first the president's right hand adviser in the white house, condoleezza rice -- >> she never served in a senior administration position. she'd been an academic and, you know, a lot of academics like to have meetings. every time a big issue got before the president, he was perfectly willing to make a decision. >> reporter: and secretary powell? >> he did not in my view do a good job of managing the people under him, and there was a lot of leaking out of the state department, and the president knew it, and it was unhelpful. >> all right. nbc's jim miklaszewski joins us live from the pentagon. how is it going over in your building? >> reporter: quite frankly, everybody recognizes this is donald rumsfeld true voice, i never made mistakes, everybody else did. so, it comes as no surprise to everybody here that donald rumsfeld would write a book, sort of an solving himself of any criticism, and at the same time criticizing everybody else. that's not to say
CSPAN
Feb 21, 2011 6:00am EST
calling president bush and vice president cheney and colin powell and condoleezza rice, maybe one or two others. then i sent a separate memo out to a lot of people. this has not been done before. there is going to be a website where someone can go in, and they are going in in large numbers. i thought the people ought to know that their names are in some of these memos, and i did not want them to be surprised. i told all of them i doubted if there was a single memo in there that referenced them that they had not already seen. it would be something i had sent to them earlier or they had sent to me, or where we were discussing something. the only surprise would be that suddenly a bunch of people on known to me or them would be going into the website and seeing these memos and reading them. >> a couple of cases where a memo was classified and you got the defense department to declassified. my first reaction was, if i want one of those, i have to go to the freedom of information act to do it. is that a little bit unfair to the outside world that you can get something declassified and i co
CNN
Feb 20, 2011 12:00pm EST
community created the national intelligence estimate. colin powell is an honorable man. he understood intelligence products. he worked hard to prepare those remarks to the united nations. he believed every word he said and what he was basing -- >> of course he did. he said, look, go ask the defense intelligence agency. you're as close as i can get. how did this guy's information become gospel when in fact he was completely lying, and by the way, the german sources who turned this over said we don't think the guy is reliable, but somehow that part of the information didn't make it up the chain. how does that happen? >> well, the intelligence community talks to hundreds of people. they have human assets such as this man. some are honest. some are dishonest. some do it for money and some do it for self-aggrandizement and some just lie. >> did you ever when you found out there -- i asked -- i remember asking former president bush when you found out about it, when you found out there were no weapons of mass destruction, he said he was sick to his stomach. did anyone say give me the person
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